EL DORADO HILLS — Facing one of the best teams in California, the Oak Ridge Trojans weren’t on their game Friday night as they lost to the visiting Sheldon Huskies 74-47 to spoil Senior Night.
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“We came out terrible, scared almost. They (Sheldon) are a good team, but we just got embarrassed,” Trojans senior guard Josh Simms said.
“The mindset was to play hard and do the best that we could. We wanted to run out stuff and prevent them from getting to the rim and get out in transition. All those things we didn’t want to happen happened,” Oak Ridge head coach Steve Scott said.
Prior to tipoff, Oak Ridge honored the six seniors on the team: Evan Gross, Simms, Sergio Quilici, Brandon Williams, Jalan Davis, and Tyler Hatten.
Oak Ridge fell behind immediately before Quilici got the Trojans on the board with a baseline jumper. After a Hatten bucket, Matt Battaglia knocked down a jumper but the Huskies held a 19-8 advantage entering the second quarter.
A Grant Dean hoop opened the second period for the Trojans, but Sheldon runs of 11-1 and 11-0 had it up 50-13 in the third quarter. Oak Ridge continued to play hard and after a Simms jumper, Dean knocked down a three-pointer and Quilici followed with a 3-point play as Troy ended on a 11-4 spurt to trail 54-25.
Brandon Williams scored all 11 of his points in the fourth while Gross hit a three-pointer and Davis chipped in five points as Oak Ridge trailed 65-38. With the clock winding down, Williams made two more three-pointers and Quilici, who had nine points and seven rebounds on the night, made a layup to close out the game.
Reflecting on his last home game at Oak Ridge, Simms said “tonight, when we were walking out of the tunnel, I was thinking ‘wow, this is the last time I’ll ever walk out of here’. It’s been a great run, a lot of memories.”
Now Oak Ridge looks ahead to Tuesday, when it plays at Ponderosa in the Delta River League regular season finale with a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Divsion I playoff berth on the line.
“The kids have to decide we want to win. They have to commit themselves to the things that we committed to all year: working hard defensively, rebounding, playing together,” Scott said.